Details have been announced of a £350,000 scheme to protect homes in North Shields from flooding.
Northumbrian Water is to improve the sewerage network in the Lansdowne Terrace West area of the town.
The work, which begins on Monday September 2 2013, will protect 13 homes on Lansdowne Terrace West and Fern Road that have previously flooded in times of heavy rainfall.
The two-month scheme will involve increasing the size of 120 metres of sewer pipe between 9 and 19 Lansdowne Terrace West.
Sean Barry, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding is one of our top priorities and we’re spending £150 million between 2010 and 2015 to tackle this issue.
“The announcement that we are about to start work in an area of North Shields will be a welcome relief to the residents of Lansdowne Terrace West and Fern Road. We will do everything we can to complete the job as quickly as possible.”
It will be necessary to close sections of road at Lansdowne Terrace West while the work is being carried out. Residents living nearby will receive detailed information in writing before the work begins.
Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land at Balkwell Green.
Customers with queries about the work should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
It is unusual for anyone from Northumbrian Water to require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out and customers should be vigilant of bogus callers claiming to be from the water company.
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.